Choir leader stands down

Musical director Glyn Hughes has retired after 46 years at the helm of the Brymbo Male Voice Choir.

Mr Hughes MBE was given a huge send-off with a gala dinner celebration after announcing he was standing down from his role with the 100-strong choir.

More than 200 guests paid tribute to Mr Hughes, who led the choir in performances at the Royal Albert Hall and the Washington State building during his time.

He said: “I’ve travelled the continent four or five times and played some of the biggest halls in the world.

“The one thing I will never forget is performing at the Washington State building. It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”

He said when he first joined the choir in 1966, he was only planning to do it for three months.

He added: “At that time there were 21 members. I said I’d do it for three months and I’m still doing it 46 years later.

“During that time I’ve seen the choir grow to well over 100, and with the right people too.”

He was awarded an MBE in 2009, and was given the Archbishop of Wales award for services to church music.

He said he wanted to stand down to give someone younger, with fresh ideas, a chance to have a go, adding: “I feel it would be a mistake to hold on too long, but there’s no doubt about it, I will miss it greatly.”

At the gala he was presented with a portrait of himself, an academic hood of The London College of Music and a framed certificate.

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